Most cookies, bars and brownies start with butter, sugar and vanilla. But sugar cookie recipes require little else to make them yummy—though you’ll often find cream cheese, chocolate, sour cream or even JELL-O added for texture and color. That—and sprinkles, icings and other flourishes. They make excellent holiday cookies for a festive menu, cookie exchange or homemade edible gift. See how easy they are to make in our sugar cookie video; novices can also check out our baking basics for tips.